SEGMENT: Health with Dr. Paula: Shingles

SEGMENT: Health with Dr. Paula: Shingles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Nearly one out of every three people in the United States will develop shingles.

Dr. Paula Walker King stopped by News Leader 9 Morning to tell us that the risk of getting the disease increases as a person gets older.

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash which can occur anywhere on the body, but it typically appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either side of the torso.

Shingles is caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus—the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, the shingles virus is already inside you.

Symptoms of the virus include:

  • Pain in the infected area
  • A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
  • Fluid filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Itching

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